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Henry E. Steinway

The Patron of Art Edition Henry E. Steinway refers to the classic beauty of a Steinway piano. A gold-plated piano frame decorates the cap, whereas the cap of the 888 edition is made of artfully skeletonised solid 750 gold. Black and white piano keys adorn the barrel of the 888 edition, and the 4810 edition features a barrel in classic black lacquer finish. The clip resembles the patented screw used for bending the grand piano rim. ´Steinway & Sons´, the name to be found above the keyboard of every Steinway piano, is engraved on the cone ring of these Limited Edition pens, completed by an engraved portrait of Henry E. Steinway on the 750 gold nib.
Henry E. Steinway, born in Germany in 1797, was without a doubt the most important piano-building pioneer of all time. After his emigration to New York in 1853, he founded ´Steinway & Sons´ – the legendary company whose inventive spirit is manifested in 128 patents to date. Many of the early ones, such as the overstringing technique and the rim-bending patent covering the process of shaping the curved wooden grand piano rim, determined the shape and construction techniques of the classic grand piano. Apart from being a true innovator of his craft, Steinway actively supported New York´s music scene and, in 1866, founded the Steinway Hall in Manhattan. The first and largest concert hall of its time was a historical success: to this day, Steinway Halls all over the world serve as cultural meeting places for international musicians and music connoisseurs.
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In connection with the annual "Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award", which was established in 1992, Montblanc has issued a strictly Limited Edition fountain pen each year as a tribute to the most important patrons of art and culture in the past centuries, those whose personal commitment and achievements deserve wider recognition.

Since 1992 these meticulously hand-crafted writing instruments have been made available in the spring of every year. They are limited to 4.810 pieces and in an even more precious Limited Edition of only 888 pieces.

Since 1992, the Writers Edition annually honours the world's most famous authors whose works had a lasting impact on generations of readers and maintain relevant to this day. The specific design and
the fine details of each edition – available as a fountain pen, ballpoint pen, pencil and rollerball – represent both a masterly homage to the life's work of its namesake and a fascinating commitment
to writing culture.

The nerve to think differently. The courage to break traditions. The will to overcome barriers. There are people who possessed this mentality and who, over the past century, have altered the course of history, changed our perception of the world and set new standards in art, culture, politics and science.
With the Great Characters Editions, issued for the first time in 2009, Montblanc honors the great figures from history with their groundbreaking work. Handmade by master craftsmen and issued in a strictly limited edition, these exclusive writing instruments are a fascinating tribute to the legacies they left behind.

They were icons of feminine allure, they bestowed inspiration and style upon their contemporaries, and they are remembered to this day for their grace and their attitude. Montblanc honours the
legendary muses of the 20th century with an edition of breathtaking writing instruments that radiate the same elegance and irresistible aura as their namesakes – the Muses Edition.

Montblanc’s Donation Pens honor outstanding personalities from the world of classical and contemporary music – exquisite fountain pens, rollerballs and ballpoint pens which, in their gracefulness and attention to detail, faithfully commemorate the famous personalities after whom they are named.

By purchasing a Donation Pen, people who appreciate music and fine writing instruments acquire not only an exclusive Limited Edition, but also support the promotion of art and culture with the donation Montblanc makes from the revenue of every sold Donation Pen edition.

Every Montblanc Limited Edition tells its own individual story. The inspiration for these writing instruments emanates from the cultural history of mankind: ist historical milestones, landmark architectures and most eminent characters are the creative source for fascinating editions of extraordinary and strictly limited writing Instruments.

Created from the most select materials and shaped by highly skilled master craftsmen with utmost care and meticulous dedication, these unique writing instruments make their prowd owners themselves a part of this history – a history of unconditional devotion to culture and passionate craftmanship.

With the Heritage Collection, Montblanc is reconnecting with its rich heritage. The collection drew its inspiration from one of the first fountain pens and embodies the spirit of the early 20th century. The 1912 Limited Edition, made of titanium and limited to 333 pieces, pays tribute to the design trends of this period. The 1914 Limited Edition presents a fountain pen made of precious resin in two versions. The edition in coral red is limited to 333 pieces, while production of the matching model in black has been limited to 1000 in number. The collection features the pioneering double-action screw mechanism technology, a milestone in the history of Montblanc.